Bookish Questions – Paperback or Hardback?

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Paperback or Hardback?

As I mentioned in my last Bookish Questions post about Special Editions, I love hardback books. Especially hardback books that are pretty.  If I plan to keep a book to read multiple times, I would much rather have a hardback edition of the novel, but if it’s something I’m not likely to read again, I’m just fine with a paperback or ebook edition.

What is type of book do you prefer to read?

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  1. anna on June 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

    If it’s a picture book or a cookbook, definitely hardback. Our climate is not kind to paperback books (we’ve had temps in excess of 40ºC for over a week and it isn’t even July. No, this is not normal, even for us.) Or if it’s a book that I intend to read over and over and over.

    However hardbacks can get heavy, so for light reading (tee hee!) on the train or whatever, paper. Or my ebook reader which is a Tagus and fits in my purse and weighs very little.
    I do love physical books, but being able to increase font size, and carry over a thousand titles in my purse, is spoiling me something awful. BUT–and it’s a big “but”–when you’re reading a mystery novel and want to go back and check what someone said before, ebooks are not your friend unless you can remember the exact phrase or page. And if you could, you wouldn’t need to check, would you?

    • Andrea on June 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

      I often use the highlighting feature in the Kindle app. It saves everything I’ve highlighted in a book in one place, which makes it easy to go back and look at things, but I could see where you might not have highlighted something that you would want to go back to in a mystery.

  2. anna on June 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

    BTW are you telling me you don’t have Wind in the Willows (aka “The Book” in this house) with the original Shephard illustrations? You must, must get one, they are half the fun.

    • Andrea on June 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

      At least one of those editions has the Shepard illustration, tho I can’t remember which one at the moment. But I’m looking for something with even more illustrations, as pictures always get the attention of small children.

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